The Rise and Fall of Sygenus: Power, Ambition, and Betrayal in Ancient Rome

TLDR Sygenus, the head of the Praetorian Guard, rose to power and became a trusted confidant of Tiberius, only to plot the murder of Tiberius' son and declare himself ruler of Rome. However, his reign was short-lived as Tiberius turned against him, leading to his execution and the downfall of his entire family.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 Sejanus, the right hand man of the second Roman Emperor Tiberius, gained power and influence but eventually met a spectacular and disastrous downfall.
01:45 Tiberius appointed Sygenus as the head of the Praetorian Guard, a position of great importance and responsibility.
03:09 Sygenus consolidated his power within the Praetorian Guard, became a trusted confidant of Tiberius, and eventually plotted to murder Tiberius' son, Drusus, in order to secure his own position and ambitions.
04:39 Sygenus, in full control of Rome with Tiberius away, staged treason trials, confiscated fortunes, and considered himself the ruler of Rome, with Tiberius being treated as a mere figurehead.
06:07 At the height of his power, Tiberius turned against Sygenus and had him summoned to the senate, where instead of being granted more power, he was presented with a list of his crimes and ordered to be executed.
07:38 Sygenus was denounced in a public forum, executed, and his entire family was sentenced to death, leading to riots and further treason trials.
09:06 The Sygenus affair tainted the reputation of Tiberius and led to the rise of Caligula as emperor, while also marking the beginning of the Praetorian Guard's involvement in imperial politics.
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